Q/A Elders and Trustees pt 2. What is an Elder?

Charity, Church, Elders, Equipping, Trustees
  As we consider the relationship between elders and trustees it is important to know what the distinctives are of these two bodies of people. God-commissioned First, elders must be those who are recognised as being commissioned by God. One day they will stand before the judgment seat of God and be asked to give account for all the people in their care (Heb 13:17). If they have never been commissioned (ie maybe have just seen ‘elder’ as a title) there could be a few embarrassed faces! So laying on of hands for eldership is no light matter and should follow a period of serious prayer and seeking God's mind. And this comes after there has been a thorough testing and proving of such men according to Biblical principles. Job…
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Q/A Elders and Trustees pt 1. Authority

Charity, Church, Elders, Equipping, Trustees
  I am now returning to another of the questions I have been asked to address. This one is the most common of all the questions I am asked. It relates to the relationship between church elders and trustees. It is a good question and one that is important to consider seriously as, sadly, I have seen churches split apart because the relationship between these two bodies has been one of tension and disagreement. Authority and the church The core issue is ‘Who has the governing authority over the church?’ In order to answer this it is necessary to consider what, or rather who, the church is. At its simplest the church is a community of Christ-followers who are seeking to live out their faith in total obedience to Jesus, led…
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Burundi – Crisis and Hope

Burundi, Poor
Regular readers of my blog will know of my love for and involvement in Burundi. We now have a need and I would really appreciate your financial help. The Problem Burundi is one of the poorest nations in the world and one that lives in crisis due to political instability. A few years ago a Burundian friend realised that one of the reasons for so many living in poverty was the cows. He felt God say 'Cows are the problem - cows are the solution'. Since he implemented the 'solution' over 400 families have been lifted out of abject poverty and the number is rising steadily. Why are cows the problem? The traditional Ankole long horned cow is seen as a status symbol - the more you have the greater…
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Africa Study Bible – Book Recommendation

Africa, Books, Equipping, News
This is a remarkable Study Bible, a ‘must’ for every African or anyone who loves Africa. Goal The goal of the African Leaders who produced this study Bible was to ‘help us grow strong in Jesus Christ and to give us insight about God’s word to the continent and to the world as God’s word through African eyes’. Why ‘African’? As a study Bible this one is full of illustrations and teachings to apply the scripture culturally to everyday life in Africa. It includes excellent articles and ‘learn notes’ interwoven with the biblical text to help the reader apply what he or she has been reading to their own cultural situation. There are 130 of these. Articles include topics such as ‘Caring for God’s Creation’ (following Genesis), ‘African Traditional Beliefs…
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New beginnings – CCK becomes Emmanuel Church

CCK, Clarendon Church, Emmanuel Church
First, Happy New Year! Church life tends to run in seasons which may involve changes in name. My personal history is intimately linked with some of these changes in Brighton. In 1981 my family moved to Brighton to fulfil the calling God had put on our lives to draw closer to Terry Virgo and serve his vision. Those were the early days of what is now the worldwide family of churches in over 20 apostolic spheres of Newfrontiers. Brighton and Hove Christian Fellowship becomes Clarendon Church When we arrived we joined Clarendon Church, formerly the Brighton and Hove Christian Fellowship which was started in 1978, meeting in a primary school. They had moved to the Clarendon Church building in 1979 and, when we joined, the membership was at about 200.…
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